LSCMP – Fall Migration continues

I went birding this morning with Kevin Rysiewski… We arrived at 0700 and parked near the beach… we were going to look for shorebirds first…. I looked up and noticed that a falcon like bird was flying our way and called over to Kevin…. It was a Merlin… There is one that winters at the park every year and it always perched in a tree in the parking lot…. that tree is now gone and I was wondering what this Merlin thought of all the construction that is taking place…. We headed to the beach and other than the goose hunters, there was not much to see… 2 Sanderlings, a couple of Least Sandpipers…. that was about it… We then parked at Pointe Rosa Marsh and birded the trails… Warblers were moving in waves and when we came upon one we would just stand still and let the warblers pass…. We had 12 species, many of them Wilson’s Warblers today and we also had a Philadelphia Vireo in the meadow loop… Alan Chartier was banding birds today and he banded a Connecticut Warbler that we got to look at… very cool… The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was still hanging out in the Maple Woods and vocal…. Sora, Virginia Rail and Least Bittern were also seen by other birders today… Hummingbirds were everywhere…. the park is covered in Jewelweed… Overall we had 59 species today

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Great Blue Heron... wanted to get a close up of its face

Great Blue Heron… wanted to get a close up of its face

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Tennessee Warbler... the photo is soft, but I always have a hard time getting a pic of one... so I am posting it anyways

Tennessee Warbler… the photo is soft, but I always have a hard time getting a pic of one… so I am posting it anyways

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

 

Here is a short video of the Connecticut Warbler before it is released.

Fall Migration – LSCMP

13 Species of Warbler today at LSCMP in Macomb County… Highlights were Wilson and Northern Parula… Green Herons were everywhere…. I also had a first of the year Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in the Maple Woods…

Imm Green Heron

Imm Green Heron

 

Imm Green Heron

Imm Green Heron

Imm Green Heron

Imm Green Heron

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

 
Video I took of the Imm Green Heron preening by the pond….

Broad-winged Hawks…. Broughton Rd and 26 mi

I went looking in the Sod Farm fields today for Plovers or Sandpipers and had a flyover of 5 Broad-winged Hawks… This seems early for migration but they were swarming in a mini kettle and moving slowly toward the east…. I got a good look at them, saw the banding on the tail,  but by the time I stopped and grabbed my camera, they were into the sun and all I could photograph was their silhouettes in the sky…. There was nothing of interest in the fields…